Friday Review: Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig

Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the second Miriam Black book from Chuck Wendig. In the first, Blackbirds, we are introduced to Miriam Black, who can see how someone will die if she touches them. In this story, Miriam is trying, really trying, to settle down with her truck … Continue reading Friday Review: Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig

Wednesday Wanderings: Fairytale Forests, Movie Myths, Evil Wizard Blunders, and Motivational (?) Posters

Want to go Into the Woods for real? Here are five real forests that look like they could have come out of a fairytale: Fairytale Forests We all know movies take liberties with what is real. Here are ten movie myths that simply aren't so: Movie Myths Why does the bad guy always lose? Here … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Fairytale Forests, Movie Myths, Evil Wizard Blunders, and Motivational (?) Posters

Winter Pond: Revisiting an Old Essay

I wrote this piece in 2003. It placed second in a contest on a pond blog I followed. Since we are having a rather cold, snowy Winter this year, I thought I'd repost it here today. Yes, I wrote the piece in November, but it seems somehow appropriate for February.     A Pond In … Continue reading Winter Pond: Revisiting an Old Essay

Friday Review: Without A Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal

Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the third book in Kowal's Glamourist Histories, and it is quite as good as the other two. In Without A Summer, Jane and Vincent are commissioned to construct a glamour in London. They bring Jane's sister, Melody, along because Melody's … Continue reading Friday Review: Without A Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal

Wednesday Wanderings: Diving the Thames to Save a Font, Labeling Bookstore Sections, HD TimeLapse Earth from ISS, and Mardi Gras

Early in this century, the designer of a really lovely typeface dumped into the Thames by its designer to save it from industrialization. Now, this man has found some of the original type and designed a typeface based on it: Doves Type This man went into a bookstore and rearranged and relabeled some sections into … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Diving the Thames to Save a Font, Labeling Bookstore Sections, HD TimeLapse Earth from ISS, and Mardi Gras

Monday Musings: An Open Letter to Winter

Dear Sir, I think we get it: You are cold. You are wet. You are mighty and swift to punish. But, really, enough is enough. Oh, sure, I live in an area where Winter is expected to be cold and snowy, but this is getting just a bit ridiculous, don't you think? I will freely … Continue reading Monday Musings: An Open Letter to Winter

Friday Review: Hellhole: Awakening by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Hellhole Awakening by Brian Herbert My rating: 3 of 5 stars I did not read the first book in the series. I got this one in a contest, and decided to give it a try and if I needed to read the first, I could always shelve this until I did. As it turned out, … Continue reading Friday Review: Hellhole: Awakening by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Wednesday Wanderings: Cumberbatch, How To Be A Successful Writer, What Not to Wear, and Upside-Down Iceberg

Benedict Cumberbatch, in a skit for┬áJimmy Kimmel Live,┬átakes on a variety of names, both real and fictional, to see how well they sound if he were trying to pick up a date. Sorry, but he had me at "Hi": What's In A Name In this response to a tumblr question, Neil Gaiman gives the secret … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Cumberbatch, How To Be A Successful Writer, What Not to Wear, and Upside-Down Iceberg

Wednesday Wanderings: Norse Temple, Star Wars at Mme. Toussaud’s, Photos of Oldest Trees, and Eyelid Art

It seems there will be a new temple built to the old Norse gods: Norse Temple Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum is preparing a new Star Wars exhibit: Wax Star Wars A woman has spent the last fourteen years photographing the world's oldest trees: Old Trees This incredible make-up artist turns eyelids into storybook scenes: Story … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Norse Temple, Star Wars at Mme. Toussaud’s, Photos of Oldest Trees, and Eyelid Art